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Contact

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VAS Littlecrow Attn: Velvet Rasputin, PO Box 202 Rice, MN 56367 USA

Online

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Media Mentions Of Velvet Rasputin And Its Projects:

Washington Times; USA Today.

Bragging Rights

  • The Velvet Rasputin puppets have been exhibited at Altered Esthetics, The Walker Art Center, The Black Dog Cafe and The Paramount Art Center.
  • Puppets based on Velvet Rasputin characters have performed at VAS Littlecrow Studios, The Chicago Club, Patrick’s Cabaret, the St Cloud Urban Market, various MN comic conventions and as part of The Androgyny Kings burlesque troupe.
  • A short video on based characters from Velvet Rasputin won the Cybrotica Spring Mating Rites Contest 2007 for Best Animation.
  • Rasputin Catamite was selected as WU Spotlight Comic on August 4, 2013.

eComic Information

Policy Questions

General Questions

Story Questions

Old School Rasputin Catamite Questions

Behind the Scenes Questions

When do the comics update?

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What are the differences between the eComic downloads and the free webcomics?

Each finished chapter in this free webcomic is also available as an uncensored and DRM-free, premium eComic download. Pages in all our eComic downloads are larger those on the webcomic and do not include watermarks.  eComic book are not dependent on an Internet connection once it they downloaded. Corrections for any continuity errors and narrative quality have been made in the eComic downloads. eComics are also uncensored and often contain additional content. Purchasing these digital comic books is the best way to show your support for this project and the people involved in it. In return, you receive a far more enjoyable reading experience. All of the chapters are available for purchase at the shop.

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Is there a comments policy? How do they work?

Yes. We encourage intelligent conversation, constructive feedback and kind words. Comments are moderated, and abusive behavior will be blocked.

Here are the instructions for posting using the Disqus system.

Don’t want to use Disqus, or a social media account to log in? Don’t panic! If comments are open, you can still provide feedback by simply clicking on the comment text field, and then checking, “I’d rather post as guest” box. Be sure to leave your name and email address to receive responses.

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Are the comic appropriate for all audiences?

Hell no! It has a lot of NSFW moments that can be extremely disturbing and it is aimed towards a mature audience. All titles are intended for mature audiences.

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Is Rasputin Barxotka/Rasputin Catamite yaoi? Is it porn? Is it something else?

Yes and no. The majority of the male leads in this story happen to be queer. With that factor alone, there is a significant amount of yaoi-type stuff going on, though the story is more interested with social politics and crime than anything else. In fact, the longest running single sequence revolving around someone’s sexuality involves a trial. Does that make Rasputin Barxotka a yaoi comic? Maybe if the males were prettier, the style was more influenced by manga and there were less boobs floating about. To me, it’s just a crime comic that happens to have gays in it. As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of of heterosexual relationships as well. I try to depict these relationships in a realistic manner. Sometimes sex and nudity just happen to be involved in the mix. People may find such frank content to be objectionable or “pornographic”, even though I may not agree with that assessment at all. When I write this graphic novel, I generally focus on what people are interested in reading about.  I write a lot, but there’s only so much I can put online to fit a weekly schedule.  In general, people seem interested in reading about femdom, yaoi, crime, cultural stuff and a specific set of characters, so that’s what I work on. If you would like to see other topics or characters covered in greater depth, let me know in the comments section, or by interacting with me on email, social sites and forums.

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Where did the title, Rasputin Catamite, come from?

Originally, this webcomic was a end-of-the-Soviet Kitsch parody of Napoleon Dynamite that was only supposed to last for a week.  The title was kind of catchy and nasty, so it stuck.

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Aren’t you concerned that these works may be offensive to (insert group here)? How can you create such filth?

Concerned? I’ve already been raked through the coals over these webcomics on multiple occasions because their content offended someone. If people can’t differentiate between my personal views and fictional characters, then there’s a much deeper problem than just offense.

Any time an artist or writer depicts oppressed groups of any ethnicity/belief system/sexual orientation in a realistic and human-oriented fashion, there is a real risk of offending someone and coming across as a bigot or corrupter.  It sucks, but it comes with the territory.  I fully accept responsibility for that, so whenever possible, I include research notes and documentation with the posted pages. My first concern is to tell stories about relationships. My second concern is to depict the characters as human beings, for better or for worse. My third concern is to expose the ugliness of prejudice against people. My fourth and final concern is to share cool things I have learned over the years from life experience and scholarly pursuits, in the hope that it helps someone else.

Now you may be asking, “How can a Christian make such filth?” It’s easy. I make it, because this is one of the burdens I need to bear.

Although I do fellowship with a religious community, I do not ultimately answer of ecclesiastical hierarchy. I answer only to God and my purpose on Earth as I understand it. Called to follow in the footsteps of Biblical scribes and Christian writers before me, I tell stories about matters of humanity and its relationship to the spirit. This doesn’t mean I am adding to the Bible, but rather that I draw inspiration from that tradition, much like Dante, Goethe, Lewis and Bulgakov before me.  If my work seems offensively outrageous to a person who follows an Abrahamic Religion, then I highly recommend that my Sibling-in-Faith actually read the entire Bible rather than just quoting verses out of context from the New Testament to justify their biases.

These comics made are not for individuals that have found their righteous path, they are written for those who need them, Christian or not. These comics are also created to expose the evils and injustices of the world, without using actual human being to depict these actions.

As human beings, we all fall short of divinity because of the innate corruption of Earthly creation. It is blasphemous arrogance for anyone of us to inflict our desire for power and superiority over others in the name of the divine.  In my spiritual practice, my political tendencies lean towards resisting the advances of state and church authorities who seek to undermine the divinely mandated separation from one another as taught by Jesus Christ. I believe in developing a perfect love towards my fellow humans, including those whose morals that are direct in opposition to mine, as I fully acknowledge that perfection will be unattainable while we are physical beings. This is unlike many Christians who are under the mistaken assumption that they are God.

I have accepted my salvation and I do my best to honor my relationship with my God in the best way that I know how. How about you?

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Are these characters real people?

No, they are not.  These are fictional characters.  Please don’t call me from the Ukraine concerned that your nephew Sasha has been up to no good.  I am not writing about him.  This is fiction.

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Who is Rasputin Catamite/Rasputin Barxotka?

The short answer: There’s no one called Rasputin Catamite or Rasputin Barxotka, but rather these titles describe the situations that they characters are stuck in. The long answer: The name, “Rasputin” refers to Dmitri’s somewhat credible belief that he is related to the Grigori Rasputin, and the stage name of Kalorat’s singer/bassist, Tsar Rasputin.  It’s also a clue that the comic explores the dark spiritual and sexual elements of Russian society. “Barxotka,” literally translates to, “velvet ribbon (necklace).”  In Russian Mat slang, it can be interpreted to mean, “the submissive and younger partner of a gay relationship,” which can be translated as “catamite.” Catamite can mean “the submissive and younger partner of a gay relationship.”  It can also mean, “underaged boy kept for sexual gratification.”  It’s not really a pleasant subject, is it?  No, this isn’t a comic about pedophilia. It’s a comic about broken young people being amoral, underachieving and trying to form some semblance of a surrogate family.   However, I do like using this comic as a way to illustrate the point that keeping homosexuality illegal does not encourage morality.  On the contrary, it puts gay children in danger of being exploited to the point of being psychologically screwed up as adults while at the same time completely depriving them of any legal recourse when dealing with sexual predators.  Prohibition is incredibly evil: it turns otherwise good people into criminals and leaves vulnerable populations at the mercy of those who exploit them.

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What the hell is Dmitri?

An upir.  This is an Ukrainian type of vampire known for killing entire families and having a fondness for human guts and fresh fish. An Upir is not phased by sunlight.  Superstitions about upirs are no joke. Especially since people with similar appetites actually exist and roam free in Russia.

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Why is Alexander Petrov’s nickname “Ugly Alex”?  He’s kind of hot.

He might be attractive, but his actions are not always pretty.  Let’s just leave it at that.

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Ugly Alex is a rapist. Why do you depict him in a sympathetic manner?

In real life, rapists often get away with their crimes because they come across as sympathetic or likable.  Abusive people often keep their victims under control because they are able to appear to be “nice”. Ugly Alex is simply a case of art imitating life.

I also depict a pair of serial killers, a neo-Nazi, a self-mutilating sociopath, a barrage of hypocrites, sex workers and other socially repellent people in a sympathetic manner, so I often wonder why there’s a lack of curiosity or outrage over that.

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Is Lechy a lecher?

No.  His real name is Lech and he is nicknamed after a forest demon known as a leshy that loves to tickle people to death.

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Where’s the diversity?

I am going to put this in the bluntest terms possible, because I am sick of nice playing with bigots on both sides of the political aisle:

  • There is a great deal of ethnic diversity in my work. The default ethnic classifications in my comics are Eurasian in the Rasputin stories and, Latin American in SOUP Wars. Other ethnic groups from all around the world are represented as well, including African, Semitic, North American, Aleutian, and Anglo-Saxon, among others.
  • There is a great deal of diversity in gender identification and affectional preference.
  • There is a great deal of diversity in belief and the lack thereof.
  • I am uninterested in hearing about anyone’s opinions or quotas for perceived skin color in my comics. Classifying people by skin color is demeaning and wildly arbitrary, depending on one’s culture. I will not be a party to such obsolete and useless ideologies.
  • I am uninterested in people (especially American “Liberals” and neo-Conservatives) projecting their political insecurities or biases about culture, sexuality and philosphy on my characters or my team. If you don’t like what we create write about, read something else, or make your own thing. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I am happy with my beliefs and my art. I don’t care to be preached at by people who I feel are bigots or, suffer from inferiority complexes that feed into the agenda of bigots. Your cult of hate is offensive to me.
  • I am writing history inspired fiction from the most objective place possible, as filtered through my lenses of experience. I will not censor, simplify, sanitize or idealize it for the sake of not offending people. Historical literacy being eroded for the sake of not hurting people’s delicate sensibilities is the most certain way to ensure the establishment oppressive regimes, encourage dullards and, repeat history’s horrifying atrocities. The work we make here is intellectually challenging, enraging and full of nuance by design. If you aren’t going to take the time to absorb it and ask sincere questions about it, then I don’t have the time to entertain your offense, outrage or mob mentality.

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What happened to the old comics?

The old Rasputin Catamite archive died in 9/26/2012 after a major site issue and I don’t plan to bring it back to this domain.  However, you can still find them here.  The archive died again on 4/5/2016, so we shifted our focus to eComics, reserving the webcomics for previewing these premium products.

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The early Rasputin Catamite comics had a distinctly Ramones-esque feel. How was the idea conceived.

The original frame design drawing, which was originally intended to be the only frame design, was based upon the look of the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” video. I have always loved the visual simplicity of that video,and I absolutely adore the Ramones.

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I noticed that some of the old school comics weren’t in the original Rasputin Catamite website.  Are these from the same comic series or a different one?

Those comics weren’t originally part of Rasputin Catamite, but rather Slave Butt for Satan (which became Rasputin Barxotka).  Both comic serials were similar enough that there wasn’t any real difference between the two and were in fact part of the same series in the print version.

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What’s the deal with Ram and Vas? Are those their real names?

Vas:

“Vas is short for my birth name. As for Ram, I made a post on The Webcomic List and he just turned up. I knew that he would be the best artist for the project without even seeing his art, when I decided to reboot Rasputin Catamite, based upon how deeply he researched the project. Ram’s one of the rare people who gets what I am about. Ram has a strong grasp of my process, aesthetic and vision, thus, he’s able to execute my ideas with minimal direction. I have an incredible amount of admiration for Ram as an artist and a person. I am also madly in love with his illustrations. And no, I am not Russian. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico.”

Ram:

“I’d just gotten back from a date where the lady and I confessed that we were in love with each other. Like any certifiable workaholic, the first thing I did with the boost of self-­confidence was go online and look for freelance jobs. If I aced the application, it’s because I was still on cloud nine. There were a couple of things that made Rasputin stand out to me. The sheer volume of back material that Vas had available let me know that she was deeply invested in the comic. If I have to choose between someone with an idea or someone who has made that idea real in spite of whatever limitations they face,­ I’ll go with the person whose feet have already hit the pavement every time.

Our visual styles were also pretty similar (in how)­ we exaggerated the same facial features in the same ways. The last part that jumped out at me was how she handled the sexual identities of the characters. I saw immediately that she handled trans* issues in a way that seemed sincere, which made a big difference to me.

Ha­ and for the record, Ram Lama is my legal first and middle name. I blame my mother.”

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There’s so much going on in Rasputin Catamite. Do you have a wiki?

No, but the cast page functions in a similar manner.

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What motivates you to tell this story?

The past.

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Where is the Oven-Mitt Leviathan?

He’s taking a nap for now, but I may bring him back on 6/6/16.

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Was there really a dirty burlesque puppet show loosely based on this comic?

Yes and it paid the bills!  I no longer perform and currently enjoy being retired, but I am sorely tempted to change my mind.

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How do you come up with story ideas?

I base a lot of the story on my own life mashed up with dreams historical documents and the news.  For character development, I used to harness my mild schizophrenia to “channel” my characters, but that became less effective after a car crash.  Sometimes they turn up and just talk to me for no good reason.

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Would you like to talk about (insert sexually explicit topic that Vas does not volunteer, here)?

Just because I make a lot of mature-themed comics, it does not automatically mean that I welcome unsolicited info about your sexual predilections, sexual fantasies about me or other intimate conversation about sex. I am cool if you want to talk about this within the context of my comics, or topics that I volunteer. I am cool with compliments and polite advances (that I am free to turn down.) I’m even cool with talking about my sexuality within a strictly academic sense or within the context of political ideology. Having said that, I am happily married, generally uninterested in sex and currently monogamous.

Unless I’m having sex with you, you’re a close friend/significant other or, I am paying/seeking you out for erotics (i.e. me consuming porn, me viewing adult webcomics, or me reading a sex advice blog,) I DON’T WANT TO KNOW YOUR FETISHES, YOUR FANTASIES ABOUT ME, OR YOUR SEX LIFE.

I am cool with discussing personal topics.  I am not cool with engaging in unsolicited and unwanted sexual activity, even if that activity is just talk. It’s disrespectful to me and my husband. It’s also disrespectful towards the intentions of what my art is trying to accomplish.

Thank you for respecting my boundaries.

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